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We're Western Australia's oldest and largest School of Education, regularly producing graduates who become award-winning teachers and principals.

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Teacher Education at ECU

We're also WA's most popular school, graduating more professional educators than any other institution in the state.

Our bachelor of education degrees include a bachelor of early childhood education, bachelor of primary education and bachelor of secondary education.

And we have the widest range of Secondary teaching specialisations of all Western Australian universities.

ECU graduates have dominated the WA Education Awards in recent years, winning Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teacher of the Year, as well as Primary and Secondary Principals of the Year.

Why ECU?


If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.

Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.

Our courses are professionally accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course is also offered at our South West (Bunbury) Campus. And many of our courses allow you to study your teaching degree online.

Study areas, degrees and majors

At ECU we group similar fields of work into study areas – like Teacher Education.

Within this study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies).

For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major subject, like Physical Education, Music, or Mathematics.

Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research, for example a Master of Education (by Coursework), a Master of Education (by Research), or a research-based PhD.

Master of Teaching or Master of Education?

Our School of Education offers two postgraduate courses that sound similar, but are tailored to students seeking different outcomes.

Master of Teaching

If you have a degree in an area other than education, these 2-year courses enable you to become a teacher, including completing your studies on an internship in a Western Australian school.

Master of Education

If you're already in the education profession, this is a 1-year postgraduate degree that'll help you progress your career by expanding your knowledge in a specialist area and fine-tuning your leadership skills.

Alternatively, you can complete this course in 16 months, specialising in either Early Childhood Education or Leading Education, via our Accelerated Online mode.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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ECU Music Education US Study Tour

In November 2018, nine of our students participated in a three-week US study tour, as guests of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Bucknell is one of the premiere liberal arts universities in the US, and is highly regarded for the quality of its music and music education programs.

While there, the students visited music education programs in 13 different schools, both in Pennsylvania, and New York City. Two groups from Bucknell have already visited ECU, and it's hoped that this can become part of a regular exchange program between the two institutions.

Overseas study tour opportunities like this are available to ECU students through our partnerships with educational institutions all over the world.

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  • School of Education senior lecturer Dr Christine Cunningham identifies trends to help in the education of qualified teachers.

  • Early Childhood Education student Stacey chats about why she decided to study Early Childhood Teaching, why she decided to study at the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, her experiences on placement and how she balances working full-time while studying part-time.

  • Senior lecturer in Master of Teaching (Primary) Dr Helen Adam on why young children need to be exposed to books containing cultural diversity.


  • "ECU will challenge you to be great"
    Ayesha Wright Early Childhood Education

    After hearing about ECU's reputation for teacher education, Ayesha Wright came from the UK to study here. Here's what she thinks so far...

  • "During my prac placements I made some great working relationships"
    ECU Secondary education student, Lisa-marie McLachlan
    Lisa-marie McLachlanSecondary Education (Physical Education) student

    Teaching was something I always wanted to do. I had already studied my undergrad degree at ECU so I jumped at the opportunity to further my career with a postgrad degree.

    The lecturers at ECU have been extremely helpful, even after completing all units they still remain in contact and give sound advice when applying for jobs.

    The facilities are great, with comfortable study nooks, which contributes to making your time at university enjoyable.

    I did a 4-week placement at Greenwood College and a 7-week placement at St Hilda’s Anglican School. It was great to work with two different schools, and to learn how to apply general teaching materials in different ways has been useful.

    During my prac placements I made some great working relationships that will assist me with job opportunities in the future. Without this practicum experience, I would not have the understanding I have today to go forward with confidence in my teaching career.

  • "Teaching an obvious choice for Eagles star"
    West Coast Eagles Assistant Coach and Master of Teaching student, Mark Nicoski
    Mark NicoskiMaster of Teaching

    Studying a Master of Teaching at ECU was an obvious choice for former West Coast Eagles star Mark Nicoski.

    The course is enabling him to upskill and continue his professional development for a potential career outside football.

    There's also plenty of knowledge and transferable skills in the course that apply to his current position as a development coach for the 2018 premiers.

    "Having always had an affiliation for helping others, teaching struck me as a profession that puts you at the coalface of educating and guiding others for what life has in store," he said.

    "The Master of Teaching will upskill me, and give me the best platform to impact the lives of those at an important stage of human development."

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